Location – Kottayam district, Kerala
Languages – Malayalam, Hindi and English
Nearest access – Kottayam
Main tourist attraction – museum, waterfall, houseboat stay and wildlife
Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands and is famous for backwater tours. It is serenely beautiful destination and is dotted with many of traditional canoes and rice boats. It is most fascinating and invigorating place with slender coconut palms, never ending paddy fields, mangroves and meandering lagoons. The place is situated on the bank of Vembanad lake and the fresh water of lake flows into mainland making a canals, waterways and labyrinth of lagoons. This small village is also renowned for its bird sanctuary and mangrove shores. This place is home for variety of species of flora and fauna. It is rich in marine life like pearl spotted fish, tiger prawns, crabs, prawns and many more.
Today this small village is transfer in major tourist’s destination because of peace and tranquility. it is well equipped with budget resorts and range of luxury hotels with leisure activities like yoga, Ayurveda massage, meditation, boating and fishing. Tourists can also do many adventures activities like water skiing and wind sailing here. It is perfect holiday spot for nature lovers because of its scenic environs and beautiful landscape. It is also home for migratory birds and thousands of migratory birds from different parts of world flock to this place every year. Thousands of bird watchers flock here every year to catch glimpse of variety birds. The place is also famous for traditional snake boat race. This electrifying race involves hundreds of oarsmen rowing the snake boat in union, singing in chorus as well as slicing their way through the route of the backwaters to reach finishing point.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Major tourist’s attractions
By island driftwood museum showcases a unique collection of rich driftwood articles which has rich artistic values, made through an innovative art technique. It also houses different tree trunk and root sculptures in unique designs and forms. This museum is founded by Raji punnoose, an energetic school teacher. The sculptures of the museum comprise of twisted tree trunks, transformed driftwood pieces, roots and stumps. She has collected these sculptures from the seashores. Many of these sculptures resemble animals, reptiles, fishes, amphibian and birds. This museum is listed in the Limca book of records and worth visiting place because of its uniqueness and artistic values.
Aruvikkuzhi waterfall is beautiful spot where stream tinkle as it makes its way through the water roar and the landscape as it cascade down the mountain from a height of 100 feet. This place is an ideal point to spend day with family because of its scenic location and clam atmosphere.
Kumarakom bird sanctuary is spread over more than 14 acres of area. This place was established in an effort to preserve the natural habitat like coconut trees, mandrakes and various birds. It is heaven for birdwatchers and a large variety of various birds can see here at any time. This place is home for various migratory birds like Siberia. Other birds like night herons, golden backed woodpeckers, egrets, kingfishers and paradise fly catchers can found here in abundant.
Number of lagoons, canals and waterways surround this small cluster of island. These water ways make backwaters. Tourists’ can rent houseboat here to explore the virgin scenery of the region. Each houseboat contains bedroom, living room, deck and bathroom. Tourists can spot various fauna and flora against the mirror lagoons as they sail across backwaters.
This small village experiences a tropical climate. Monsoons experience medium rainfall and backwater cruising is not allowed during this period. Summers are quite hot and humid with average 35 centigrade temperature. Winters are pleasant here with average 20 centigrade temperature.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit this beautiful place is from September to February. This period is perfect for exploring flora and fauna, sightseeing and doing tourists activities.
How to reach
By road- this place is well connected with all cities of Kerala by road. Daily bus services are available for this place from cities like Cochin, Thiruvanadpuram, Kottayam and many more.
By rail – the nearest railway station to reach this place by train is Kottayam, at a distance of 16 kilometers. Kottayam is well connected by important cities of south India with daily trains.
By air- Cochin is nearest airport to reach by flight, at a distance of 80 kilometers. Cochin is major domestic airport and offers daily flights to cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and many more.